Swing Guitar

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Monday, January 02, 2006


Here's the next in my our series of rhythm guitar changes to classic tunes - Earl Hines' Rosetta.

Rosetta - pdf
Rosetta - mp3

A1 - Here we start with a I-V7+, then a I-VI6 descending move, and finishes off cycling through the II7-V7 back to I. Here we make a couple breaks from the standard 3-note voicings, but nothing big. The F6 is standard but I play the root on the A string, instead of the 5th of the E string - then again I do that a lot because the voice leading just sounds better when there is no bass player. The 4 note chord for the C7+ is also no big deal, I just like to hear the full chord there. The descending line here is classic and can be used all the time in tons of tunes. Finally you might wonder why there is a jump up from the C7 to the F6 voice; well, any voicing below that C7 voice is just never going to come out clearly and just sounds muddy.
A2 - Here I switched out the C7+ for a E7 with no 5th. It's a common sub. Also notice the classic ascending line used on both the G7 and the C7.
B - This actually pretty standard. The only change is the Fm6. If you were to play a regular m6 at the 13th fret is gets a little too high on the neck, so it's a little hard to finger and doesn't sound great. The 8th fret voicing is the exact same notes, but it sounds better.
A3 - This is pretty much like the rest of the A sections, except a transitional tritone sub from the D7 into the G7.


  • At 3:38 PM, Anonymous julius said…

    What software do you use to create staves and tablature? I've been transcribing music from the Sweet and Lowdown soundtrack and I'd like it to look more accomplished than ASCII.

  • At 5:13 PM, Blogger Jonathan Stout said…


  • At 3:21 PM, Blogger Fraud and Robbery said…

    Melodic, yet richly textured.

  • At 6:07 AM, Anonymous swingbob said…

    I learned a lot working through the tab and commentary for "Rosetta." Thanks. If you're interested in requests, something similar for the song "Rose Room," one of CC's signature tunes with Benny Goodman, would be great. You've suggested that some of these charts are "busier" than you'd always use in performance. That's fine with me, as I look on them as providing ideas to toss in when the time seems right.

  • At 8:22 AM, Blogger Jonathan Stout said…

    Rose Room will be coming up next.


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